The advancement of women and gender equality are major themes in the development of Nepal’s new democracy. Access to justice for women will be realized when competitive, skilled and highly trained women-in-law participate at all levels of Nepal’s legal and judicial sectors. Towards this end, and to better understand the barriers and challenges of Nepal’s women lawyers, the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) undertook a nationwide needs assessment (survey) that sought the input of female lawyers and their champions – male lawyers and male and female non-lawyers. This report summarizes and analyzes the responses and recommendations of 1086 respondents from 67 of Nepal’s 75 districts. It identifies significant barriers and challenges facing women-in-law in Nepal and provides specific recommendations that should be implemented in order to promote the inclusion of women in all areas and at all levels of Nepal’s legal and justice sectors, and in Nepal’s current constitution-making process.
In addition to the opinions and recommendations of survey respondents, the conclusions and recommendations contained in this report include input form participants of the NBA’s 17th Annual Women’s Law Conference (December 2008) and the NBA-CBA DDN Women-in-law Conference (February 2009). Input was also obtained from the NBA’s 32nd Annual Central Executive Councilors’ Meeting attendees. In total, approximately 1900 women-in-law, champions and legal professionals contributed to this report.